The search for elusive Iranian moderates

Ruhollah Khomeini was a man of religious faith and revolutionary fervor, committed to waging jihad until, in his words, “the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world.” But when he took power in Iran in 1979, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Andrew Young, described him as “some kind of saint.” The U.S. ambassador in Tehran, William Sullivan, compared him to Mohandas Gandhi, the pacifist leader of the Indian independence movement. A State Department spokesman worried about the possibility of a military coup that “would blow away the moderates and invite the majority to unite behind a radical faction.”

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Searching for moderate muzzies of any variety is a wild goose chase.

  • DMB

    Zoologists are more likely to discover the existence of big foot then find a moderate Muslim in the Islamic world.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Obama still doesn’t get it and I doubt if he ever will. Kerry’s daughter married an Iranian doctor with ties to the ruling class.

  • Hard Little Machine

    they weren’t being fooled, they were lying to provide cover for him.